Our Global Town
Town School for Boys
Through the Halls of Town School and Beyond
2014 Summer Professional Development Adventure to Chilamate Costa Rica
Current 8th Graders Participate in Service Learning Experience in Nicaragua with BuildOn
Seven boys, (Kai Lord, Zeke-Rubin Moore, Davis White, Nic Pantelick, Charlie Raisin, Harrison Greene and Blayden Lee) accompanied by their parents, joined forces, and went on a mission to help change the world with BuildOn. An organization founded in 1991, BuildOn builds schools in some of the most impoverished countries in the world.
As Trek Ambassodors to Nicaragua, they collaborated and created an AWESOME fundraising and build team. Raising $48,000 for building materials and on-site expenses to support host families, these boys exceeded their $44,000 goal!
With the funds raised, they made their way to a small village called Kokomo in Nicaragua. They resided in homestays with their host families eating a simple meal of mostly rice and beans. As is common in the village, the homes were made of plastic walls and corrugated iron roofing. Some of the boys experienced living in homes where animals (chickens, pigs and frogs) shared the living quarters. Hand in hand with the villagers, they laid the foundation of the school with the first bricks!
The boys returned from this mission with a deeper appreciation of attending an institution like Town School where it is easy to take for granted the physical space of the school and the faculty who teach them. They were humbled yet honored to share their skills, enthusiasm and energy with children who lack the most basic need: a physical building to learn in.
8th Graders Learn About Ebola: How can we use math to understand and help stop the Ebola epidemic in West Africa?
"I really enjoyed this project, and I think that as we have grown to be 8th graders, the projects we do apply more to real world topics. This has pushed me to take more care in my work and create meaningful products for very real dilemmas such as Ebola. I spent most of my Tuesday night finishing our poster and video at school, something I probably wouldn’t have done if the overall goal of the project hadn’t meant what it did. These kinds of projects are also open-ended and allow the students to contribute in their own ways--in my case, making a video." -Ben H
5th Graders Discover: How do we tell a story about a Human Rights issue that inspires empathy?
The 5th Grade Humanities class has been reading "The Circuit" by Francisco Jimenez, and studying Human Rights. Our mission in this project was to raise awareness of Human Rights issues happening in the US and abroad.
- A Horrible Day for an Amazing Woman by Mason C
- The High Price of Cheap Fashion by Caspar S
- Rosa Parks by Dominic S
- There is a Problem Happening in Afghanistan Today by Brady E
- Free Speech in America by Cassius S
- The One Who Fought For Change by Noah M
- A Day in the Life of a Human Rights Victim by L
- I Want My Rights! by Wilks T
- The Day It All Began by Ben B
- The Wrong Man by Sean H
- Ziegfried and the Sugar Cane Protest, by Benjamin K
Be Aware, Hunger is Everywhere!
Jennifer Klein Visits Town School in January 2015
Resources for the Global Educator
The Nicholas Sparks Foundation strives to increase access to global learning opportunities. The site contains ideas and lesson plans for your classroom.